Dairy & Eggs

45 Kitchen-Tested Ingredients

Unsalted Butter
Published: November 2018
Unsalted Butter
For everyday cooking and baking, which unsalted butter is best? We tested seven …
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Fresh Mozzarella
Published: July 2018
Fresh Mozzarella
What makes the best fresh mozzarella? It's all about balance.
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Supermarket Burrata
Published: July 2018
Supermarket Burrata
Mozzarella's creamier, more glamorous cousin might just be the wow-factor cheese…
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Published: March 2018
Pecorino Romano Cheese
Is Pecorino Romano from Italy worth seeking out, or can domestic options do the …
Feta Cheese
Published: September 2017
Feta Cheese
After sorting through three different milks, three countries, and eight products…
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Mascarpone
Published: July 2017
Mascarpone
Tiramisù is just the tip of the iceberg for this creamy Italian cheese. But does…
Gruyère Cheese
Published: May 2017
Gruyère Cheese
The right Gruyère is buttery and complex, is pleasantly firm and dense, and melt…
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
Published: November 2016
Whole-Milk Ricotta Cheese
As any Italian grandmother knows, the importance of good ricotta cannot be overs…
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Supermarket Parmesan
Published: July 2016
Supermarket Parmesan
For a cheese with all the nutty, savory flavor and crumbly, crystalline texture…
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Nonfat Greek Yogurt
We tasted eight nationally available supermarket plain-flavor nonfat Greek yogur…
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Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Published: March 2016
Whole-Milk Greek Yogurt
Nonfat products used to dominate this market, but now whole-milk versions are ta…
Supermarket Brie
Published: May 2015
Supermarket Brie
Think French pedigree and words like “triple crème” indicate the best examples …
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Artisanal Cream Cheese
Published: July 2014
Artisanal Cream Cheese
We mail-ordered three artisanal cream cheeses to see if they could beat our supe…
Baby Swiss Cheese
Published: January 2014
Baby Swiss Cheese
What actually distinguishes baby Swiss from Swiss cheese, flavor-wise?
Swiss Cheese
Published: January 2014
Swiss Cheese
We scoured supermarket cases, the deli counter, and specialty cheese shops for …
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Goat Cheese
Published: May 2013
Goat Cheese
Why do some goat cheeses boast creamy texture and a bright and lemony taste, whi…
Artisanal Cheddar
Published: July 2012
Artisanal Cheddar
Plain, rubbery American cheddars never measured up to the British stuff. But by …
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Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Published: May 2011
Low-Fat Greek Yogurt
Low-fat Greek yogurt can be a nice compromise between the über-rich full-fat ver…
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Provolone
Published: July 2009
Provolone
Can any domestic provolone stand up to those produced in Italy?
Published: January 2008
Egg Substitutes
Do any come close to the real thing?
Light Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: September 2007
Light Vanilla Ice Cream
Can you replace your favorite full-fat vanilla ice cream with a lighter version?
Whole-Milk Yogurt
Published: July 2007
Whole-Milk Yogurt
The fat makes all the difference.
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Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Published: January 2007
Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
Reading the label carefully was the key to choosing the best ricotta.
Fontina
Published: May 2005
Fontina
Sometimes the middle ground is the safest.
Blue Cheese Dressing
Published: October 2013
Blue Cheese Dressing
Was it too much to ask for a blue cheese dressing that was thick, creamy, and ac…
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Pepper Jack Cheese
Published: June 2013
Pepper Jack Cheese
We sought heat, smooth meltability, and cheese with character.
Processed Egg Whites
Published: February 2013
Processed Egg Whites
How do these packaged products compare to fresh egg whites—both in taste and per…
Mayonnaise
Published: June 2012
Mayonnaise
The range of mayonnaise varieties on the shelf can make our heads spin. Do any o…
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Ice Cream Bars
Published: June 2011
Ice Cream Bars
Is it the vanilla ice cream or the milk chocolate coating that matters most?
Published: July 2007
Ice Cream Sandwiches
We sampled nine versions of this classic summertime dessert.
Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
Published: April 2005
Low-Fat Cheddar Cheese
We were surprised when we found low-fat cheddar cheeses worth eating.
Vanilla Ice Cream
Published: March 2019
Vanilla Ice Cream
Vanilla is America's favorite ice cream flavor, but which product is the cream o…
American Provolone
Published: January 2019
American Provolone
This mild-mannered Italian-style cheese finally gets its chance to shine.
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Cottage Cheese
Published: August 2018
Cottage Cheese
Cottage cheese has shed its diet-staple persona and emerged as a delicious food …
Crumbled Feta
Published: February 2018
Crumbled Feta
Is Crumbled Feta Worth Buying?
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Supermarket Extra-Sharp Cheddar
Published: December 2017
Supermarket Extra-Sharp Cheddar
The best extra-sharp cheddars are bold but balanced. Which cheese should you buy…